College-Prep Writing for Homeschoolers, Interview with Cheryl Carter

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: College-Prep Writing for Homeschoolers, Interview with Cheryl Carter.

College Prep Writing for Homeschoolers, Interview with Cheryl Carter

College-Prep Writing for Homeschoolers, Interview with Cheryl Carter

If you have a homeschooler who is headed for college, the topic of college-prep writing for homeschoolers is valuable. We are joined today by Cherly Carter is the founder of Collegiate Learning (recently rebranded as The Capable Scholar). Her homeschool curriculum and online courses company is popular with all kinds of  homeschool students. However, she has plenty to say about college preparation.

We are glad to spend time with Cheryl as she shares her insights on the power of college- prep writing.  She also talks about the process on how to put it all together so that your high schooler can become a confident writer and excel in college.

Meet Cheryl Carter

Cheryl Carter is not only an experienced homeschooling mom of five but also teaches college and is the founder of Collegiate Learning/The Capable Scholar. She started the organization as a ministry to provide unique resources and courses for homeschoolers. The courses aligned nicely with her passion to help struggling writers, reluctant writers, and special needs writers succeed in their college level writing skills.

Because writing is such a crucial skill for college-bound students, Cheryl emphasizes: writing is simply thinking on paper. 

Cheryl encourages young people that everyone has the ability to think, and therefore, everyone can write. She encourages parents to validate their teens’ opinions and thoughts, fostering an environment where writing becomes an expression of their ideas.

Writing is simply thinking on paper. Cheryl Carter

Building Strong Writing Skills

Cheryl believes in empowering students to believe in themselves as writers. She teaches them two essential aspects of college-prep writing

  1. developing a strong thesis
  2. creating a compelling theme. 

A thesis serves as the guiding force behind an essay, while a theme focuses on what the writer wants the audience to think, know, and feel. By mastering these elements, students can craft well-structured and impactful pieces of writing.

There is a uniqueness to each student’s writing style, just as the Bible’s authors had distinct voices. Students should feel free to express their thoughts and perspectives authentically by focusing on their strengths and honing in on areas for improvement, giving them growth in their writing requirements.

And that’s just it: Writing should be a lifelong journey of growth and self-expression.

Validating students’ opinions and thoughts and helping them overcome self-doubt is an important part of writing. By providing constructive feedback and focusing on specific areas for improvement, you can help your teen build confidence and become a strong writer. (These are skills that are built at Collegiate Learning/The Capable Scholar in Cheryl’s college- prep writing course.)

Preparing For College…And Making A Difference

For homeschoolers planning to attend college, Cheryl can help you with that! She advises students to explore classes related to their intended majors and interests, even before entering college. By delving into subjects that align with their passions, they can gain a head start and demonstrate their commitment to their chosen fields. 

At Collegiate Learning/The Capable Scholar, Cheryl has been teaching classes to foster growth of college level writing skills and providing support to homeschoolers who are preparing for college admissions. She firmly believes that taking the time to prepare for admission tests and essays can make a huge difference in a student’s acceptance rate. 

She also works one-on-one with her students to develop strong academic writing skills which will be essential in any college setting. By helping her students hone their writing skills, Cheryl is ultimately helping them make an impact in the world!  

According to Cheryl, homeschooled students have the potential to be change agents in society. In her classes, she encourages students to pursue their dreams and aspirations, even if they face doubts or skepticism from others. 

And several of Cheryl’s students that she has mentored have gone on to achieve remarkable accomplishments and make a positive impact in various fields.

College-Prep Writing

Cheryl’s passion for empowering homeschooled students as writers shines through each time she discusses the importance of writing, building strong writing skills, and overcoming writing challenges. Her insights and resources provide invaluable support for homeschoolers preparing for college, such as with her homeschool curriculum company, Collegiate Learning/The Capable Scholar.

Writing is a journey of self-expression and growth. With the right guidance and belief in their abilities, homeschooled students can become confident writers, ready to tackle the challenges of college and make a difference in the world.

If you are interested in learning more about Cheryl Carter’s resources and classes, visit her website, Don’t miss out on the opportunity to unlock your child’s writing potential and set them on the path to success.

For more on the kinds of writing college-bound teens should do, check out this post. Also, for tips on goals and grading writing assignments, check out this episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast.

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post!


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